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  • Parallel sequencing reveals new genetic variants of Toll-like receptors in dogs and wolves

    Using massive parallel sequencing of DNA from dogs and wolves, the authors have found 155 new genetic variants of canine Toll-like receptors, primary sensors of pathogens in the body.

    Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2014, 1:11
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    Remembering the forgotten NCDs

    In this forum article, experts discuss non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that, despite causing significant health issues, do not receive the attention they deserve, highlighting the need for higher global health priority to reduce the burden of disease.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:200
  • Informed Consent and Ethical Re-Use of African Genomic Data

    Explaining why ethics and informed consent processes for genomic studies need to be more transparent in the case of vulnerable African populations.

    Human Genomics 2014, 8:18
  • How do embryonic stem cells differentiate?

    Epigenetic modifications such as histone and DNA methylation are essential for silencing pluripotency genes. A critical step is identified for the self-renewal and differentiation of embryonic stem cells.

    Epigenetics & Chromatin 2014, 7:27
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    Is there a definitive treatment for canine epilepsy?

    Oral phenobarbital and imepitoin are amongst likely effective anti-epileptic drugs for the treatment of canine idiopathic epilepsy; however, poor reporting in literature preclude definitive recommendations prompting a need for greater blinded RCTs evaluating the efficacy of these drugs.

    BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:257
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    Can alcohol consumption predict IHD risk?

    Low alcohol consumption without heavy drinking reduces ischemic heart disease (IHD) risk, but episodic and heavy drinking have no beneficial effect, suggesting that average alcohol consumption measures are not sufficient to predict IHD risk.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:182
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    COPD symptoms around the clock

    COPD symptoms are more common in the early morning and day versus the night and over half of the 727 patients studied experienced symptoms during a 24 hour period. These outcomes should be considered when managing the disease.

    Respiratory Research 2014, 15:122
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    Why do we accept alcohol risks?

    Despite the known harms of excessive alcohol consumption, it is considered an acceptable risk; Jürgen Rehm et al. explore this issue, finding that alcohol’s special status may be due to overestimation of its health benefits when consumed in moderation.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:189
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    Video Q&A: tobacco and mortality

    Alan Lopez, a global health expert and epidemiologist, answers our questions about global burden of tobacco-related mortality, highlighting ways in which countries could apply tobacco control measures to alleviate this burden.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:162
  • Video Q&A: global alcohol burden

    In this video Q&A, we interview Sir Ian Gilmore on the global burden of alcohol in terms of its scale and consequences relating to illness, and discuss the strategies that are addressing the problem.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:209
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